2018 Citroen C4 Cactus – price, specs and release date
Updated C4 Cactus gets bold new looks and more kit inside, plus a wider range of engines...
Price from £17,000 On sale Mid-2018
The Citroën C4 Cactus has always been a bit radical. It turned plenty of heads when it was unveiled at 2014's Geneva motor show, with its rubberised door-protecting 'Airbump' panels, chunky SUV-esque styling and futuristic interior. We've found plenty to like, too, but it's still not done enough to truly upset the family car class, where rivals including the Volkswagen Golf and Vauxhall Astra reside. This facelifted car, then, hopes to change that.
Citroën C4 Cactus styling and features
The most obvious change with this updated C4 Cactus is the relocation of its Airbump panels to the bottom edges of its doors, in much the same vein as the C3 hatchback and the recent C3 Aircross. There are also restyled front and rear bumpers and redesigned lights intended to give the C4 Cactus a more aggressive look.
As before, customisation forms a big part of the Cactus's appeal, and there are 31 colour combinations to choose from. Drivers can also pick from a variety of 16in and 17in alloy wheels.
Citroën C4 Cactus interior
Changes to the C4 Cactus are less dramatic inside, but a new contrasting colour strip on the seats and small gloss touches to the ventilation controls should help to lift the perceived quality inside.
The car's seats also feature new foam inside, and as this is one area we criticised on the old car, driver comfort could be markedly improved. The interior is also claimed to be quiter than before, thanks to thicker windows.
While the C4 Cactus' boot space is unchanged, new storage compartments inside including a space under the centre console and larger door bins should offer more space for your odds and ends. The latest version of Citroën's Connect Nav system is displayed on a 7.0in touchscreen.
Citroën C4 Cactus engines
Most of the C4 Cactus' engines are carried over to this facelifted model, but the entry-level PureTech 75 petrol has been dropped from the range, meaning the PureTech 82 petrol is now the lowest-powered option. There's also a more powerful PureTech 130 model at the top of the petrol line-up. The mid-range PureTech 110 is likely to remain our preferred option, though, because of its mix of fuel economy and performance.
Diesel buyers can choose the BlueHDi 100, while a more powerful BlueHDi 120 diesel will be added later in 2018.
Like the upcoming C5 Aircross, the updated C4 Cactus comes with Progressive Hydraulic Cushions, which are designed to improve the car's ride, especially for long journeys.
Citroën's Grip Control system, which optimises the car's traction control settings for different environments, is also available.
Citroën C4 Cactus equipment and prices
New safety and assistance systems on the C4 Cactus include automatic emergency braking, traffic sign recognition, lane departure warning, a blindspot monitoring system, parking assistance, a reversing camera and a driver fatigue monitor.
Prices for this updated C4 Cactus haven't been announced yet but, given the new equipment on offer, a new starting price of close to £17,000 is likely, with buyers paying around £22,000 for a top-end model. At that price, the C4 Cactus will still be cheaper than the Volkswagen Golf, which is priced from £17,765, while the Astra remains cheaper at £15,535. As ever, PCP finance packages – which is how the vast majority of drivers will buy a C4 Cactus – will be more competitive.
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